Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday roundup readers, we hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. This week we have a great infographic that details the history of braces, which dates back all the way to the ancient Egyptians. Next up we have two great articles about the dangers of overbleaching and the dangers of a free dentist website service. Our final article for the week is an informational article on the four reasons your practice’s schedule is a mess. Take some time out of your busy week and catch up on some of trending dental news this week. We would love to hear what you think!

The History of Braces
Ever wonder where the concept of braces first started? You might be surprised! It turns out that braces actually started more than four centuries ago in 1600 BC in ancient Egypt. According to archaeologists, mummies were discovered with a cord made from animal intestine wrapped around their teeth like modern orthodontic wire. To learn more about the braces lineage, take a look at this great infographic!

‘Bleachorexia’: Dentist Warns About Dangers of Overbleaching Teeth
The recent teeth-whitening fad has hit dangerous levels of obsession. So much so, that dentists have coined the term ‘bleachorexia’ to describe patients obsessed with having the whitest smile possible. Some patients have bleached and brushed their teeth so much that their enamel is gone and their teeth could start turning to mush. Read on for more details on this dangerous obsession.

Avoiding the potential pitfalls of a “free” dentist website service
Choosing to use a free dentist website building service may sound tempting however, there are several hidden dangers to this type of service. Many dentists who choose this path end up investing a significant amount of time and effort to find their website is not generating new web or foot traffic to their practice. If you have thought about using a free website generator, read this article for the dangers you could experience from this type of web service.

4 reasons your schedule is a mess
Is a typical day at your practice consumed by chaos and uncertainty? If so, your practice could be committing one of four common scheduling mistakes. These mistakes include: you don’t have a scheduling coordinator; you haven’t set daily production goals; you’re not communicating with your scheduling coordinator and you’re scheduling dream days. Read on for more information on how you can take the chaos out of your scheduling and your practice.

Have you had any patients dangerously consumed with constantly bleaching their smiles? Share your stories with us in the comments section below!

Author: Carestream Dental Blog Administrator

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